As America’s top athletic department continues to show its dominance, another weekend has passed where might and muscle of those who don the Scarlet and Gray was flexed.
From Columbus to Bowling Green, Ky., from Huntington W.Va. to San Diego, Calif. Ohio State student athletes were doing their part to continue the tradition of excellence.
Led by a fifth consecutive shutout from the women’s soccer team and a second tournament championship in as many weekends for the lady spikers, here is a look at the week that was for Ohio State’s Olympic sport teams.
Women’s Soccer Shutout Streak Reaches Five
A 1-0 overtime victory against No. 13 Missouri on Thursday and a 3-0 blanking of Duquesne on Sunday saw Ohio State women’s soccer run their record to 5-2. All five wins have come in succession; all on the home pitch at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium and all in shutout fashion.
Just 24 seconds into the extra frame against Missouri, senior Tiffany Cameron scored her fourth goal of the season after a long run a long run down the left flank and cross from Marisa Wolf set up the game-ending tally. Junior goalie Rachel Middleman made four saves to keep the nationally-ranked Tigers at bay.
The Buckeyes would have an easier time against the Dukes in their second match of the weekend.
Cameron started the scoring by lofting a shot over the Duquesne goalkeeper just 13 minutes into the contest. Less than a minute later, Cameron assisted on Lauren Granberg’s third goal of the year. With little more than ten minutes remaining before halftime, Cameron closed the door on the visitors with a strike from 20 yards out. Junior Danica Wu collected two assists while Middleman again made four saves.
Cameron was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Week after her three-goal weekend. Middleman’s eight saves netter her Defensive Player of the Week honors.
On Top: Women’s Volleyball Captures WKU Tournament
Neither a top-10 foe nor the host Hilltoppers could stop a rolling Buckeyes squad as Ohio State’s women’s volleyball team went 3-0 at the Western Kentucky Tournament to capture a second-straight tournament title and improve to 8-1 on the year.
Against No. 10 Dayton on Friday, in a five-set thriller, Ohio State gave the Flyers their first loss of the season with a 25-22, 21-25, 25-20, 21-25, 15-12 win. Senior Mari Hole paced the Buckeyes with 21 kills and 10 digs. Classmate Amanda Peterson tallied 30 assists while junior Davionna DiSalvatore led the squad with 18 digs.
Finishing Friday with a contest against IUPUI, Hole led Ohio State in kills,18, and digs,16, in a 25-9, 22-25, 26-24, 25-16 win. Junior Kaitlyn Leary tied a career-high with 17 kills, while sophomore setter Taylor Sherwin added 34 assists and eight digs.
The Buckeyes clinched the weekend title with a four-set, 25-17, 25-18, 21-25, 25-23, victory over host Western Kentucky. Named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, Hole’s 13 kills led Ohio State while contributing 13 digs. An all-tournament selection, Leary finished with 10 kills. Peterson totaled 31 assists while leading the team with 16 digs.
Men’s Soccer Split in San Diego
After falling 2-0 on the road to San Diego on Friday, Ohio State (2-3-1) returned from the Sunshine State with weekend split after defeating San Diego State 2-1 on Sunday.
Sophomore Alex Ivanov recorded six saves against USD.
Junior Alex Wimmer made the start in goal against the Aztec and made six saves in the win, yielding just a 41st minute goal to SDSU.
Countering the game’s opening goal, freshman Louie Berra set up classmate Josh Breto’s first goal of the season. Berra scored his first goal of the season, and the game-winning tally, in the 63rd minute.
Field Hockey Falls to RedHawks
In the 2012 home opener at Buckeye Varsity Field, the No. 23 Ohio State field hockey team fell to in-state foe Miami 2-1.
Senior forward Berta Queralt scored her first goal, and the game’s opening score, at 7:07. Ohio State's 10 other shots were unable to be netted.
Junior Emma Voelker made six saves on the day.
Men’s Gold Third After Day 1
Through 36 holes of the 54-hole Marshall Invitational, Ohio State was third out of 16 teams after Monday competition in Huntington, W. Va. On the par 71, 6,523-yard Guyan Golf & Country Club, Ohio State carded a 3-under 565, 17 strokes behind leading Virginia Tech, one behind host Marshall.
Sophomore Grant Weaver leads the Buckeyes with a 5-under 137. After opening with a career-best 68, Weaver followed with a 69 to sit tied for third in the field. Classmate Boo is tied for 10th with a 2-under 140.